Going in Circles

For so long, I would start a painting with such enthusiasm, get off to a promising start. In my first energetic marks I could always see exciting potential! But doubt took a firmer and fiercer hold as I would move forward. Worry infested my strokes, sucking the life out of my brushwork. In this situation…

The Value of a Limited Palette

Deep into Week 5 of CVP I'm navigating discomfort, confusion and uncertainty in my exploratory painting exercises. Half the work has been letting go: of known outcomes, of previous assumptions, of a successful painting. Apparently to move forward I must let go of confidence and competence! I was clutching fiercely to this, so it’s been…

What Sparks Your Creativity?

In our writers group last month we started out with a prompt for 5 minutes of warm-up writing: “What sparks your creativity?” I decided not to plan a response, but to plunge in and let it flow, and this is what I wrote: Moving in the open air, listening to the wind, watching my dog…